Definition of exquisite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ekˈskwizət/
Pronunciation: /ˈekˌskwizət/


1Extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate: exquisite, jewellike portraits
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  • Executed with breathlessly fine strokes, these exquisite images are as beautiful and accomplished as line drawings by Picasso or Matisse.
  • Her fine exquisite features and extremely pale skin were making her look as a statue made by a sculptor master.
  • Their delicate and exquisite prints, some of which use gampi paper as their base, sell for very reasonable prices, an opportunity that may not last.
beautiful, lovely, elegant, fine;
magnificent, superb, excellent, wonderful, ornate, well crafted, well made, perfect;
delicate, fragile, dainty, subtle
1.1Intensely felt: the most exquisite kind of agony
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  • These sorts of wounds are sharp, quick, and part of the game's exquisite agonies.
  • It's a form of exquisite torture watching George and Martha torment each other, and occasionally this becomes tiresome.
  • It's like tapping a spoon on a bad tooth, exquisite agony.
intense, acute, keen, piercing, sharp, severe, racking, excruciating, agonizing, harrowing, searing;
unbearable, unendurable
1.2Highly sensitive or discriminating: her exquisite taste in painting
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  • Soprano Juliane Banse's fruity voice is neither childish nor stereotypically innocent, but her diction and sensitivity to words are exquisite.
  • The exquisite sensitivity of the nose can be defeated by a common cold.
  • Happily, the technology is now doing its job, collecting data methodically and with exquisite sensitivity.
discriminating, discerning, sensitive, selective, fastidious;
refined, cultivated, cultured, educated


A man who is affectedly concerned with his clothes and appearance; a dandy.
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  • Using brightly coloured, almost grotesque distortion of an individual's salient features, he targeted the royal family, politicians, society figures, exquisites, and charlatans.



Pronunciation: /ekˈskwizətnəs/ Pronunciation: /ˈekˌskwizətnəs/ Pronunciation: /ˈekskwəzətnəs/
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  • People from all walks of life were present at the cocktail and happily sampled the exquisiteness of Indian cuisine.
  • Too bad we live in a part of the world that often covers our eyes from its skies with a thick wall of dust, keeping the exquisiteness of the twinkling stars for itself.
  • It has the elements required to be spectacular, but it is lacking the exquisiteness that is associated with ballet.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'carefully ascertained, precise'): from Latin exquisit- 'sought out', from the verb exquirere, from ex- 'out' + quaerere 'seek'.

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Syllabification: ex·quis·ite

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